Nearly 240 acres of pristine, bent-grass fairways and slick greens radiate outward from the 10,000-square-foot clubhouse that anchors Prairie Bluff Public Golf Course. Here, players embark on trips around a 6,893-yard course that brings them into direct confrontations with 10 water hazards and more than 40 bunkers?any one of which could be camouflaging a buried treasure chest. The clubhouse greets visitors once again as they finish off at the 18th hole, and clubhouse attendants welcome them in to the course restaurant if they're hungry or direct groups to the 10-acre driving range if they're in search of more practice.
Course at a Glance: * 18 hole, par 72 * Total length of 6,893 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.7 from the back tees * Course slope of 124 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Since becoming a pro instructor in 1988, PGA teaching professional Michael Camastro has fine-tuned the swings of aspiring aces in more than 25,000 lessons. When Michael encounters a new swing, he looks for subtle adjustments he can make to improve it without disrupting the natural style of the students' form. To help reveal problematic swing habits or the translucent souls of any loitering poltergeists, Michael uses slow-motion video swing analysis in all private lessons, one of many technological teaching aids he calls upon to enhance his diagnostic powers. With a staff that consists of two head instructors and three assistant aces, Michael Camastro Golf Academy spreads score-shaving tactics and techniques in private, group, and imaginary golf lessons.
If you've been bowling in Chicago, chances are pretty good you've been to a Chicagoland Bowling establishment. With member centers from the north to the south, the organization connects pin destroyers all over the city. The advantages of this network include tournaments that span the entire region, scholarship programs for talented youth bowlers, and a cornucopia of options for clowns who juggle bowling pins.
Challenge Fitness whips bodies into shape with more than 30 cardio machines and a stable of Life Fitness strength machines. Members may pound muscle groups on the fitness-room machines by running, lifting, and fist pumping before washing off and entering the five-lane, 25-yard lap pool to cool off or reenact Wilford Brimley's scenes from Cocoon. A 10-person whirlpool whispers to lap-swimmers, inviting them to take a break in gently swirling, heated waters for the sake of soothing joint aches and stiff sinews. Challenge Fitness trainers facilitate aerobics and fitness classes to help to direct and refine body-sculpting efforts that would otherwise run wild (classes not included with this Groupon, but available for an additional fee). For days when the spirit of sportsmanship visits the gym, members may rent one of the seven tennis courts ($16–$21), the racquetball courts ($6/hour for the court), or the wallyball courts ($3/hour per player).
The accomplished instructors at Bell View Acres have guided saddle sitters through the expansive facility for almost five decades, teaching proper equestrian technique and horse care to pupils of all experience levels. In addition to receiving a firsthand education on how to raise the horse's sails, novice equestrians learn proper riding form, technique, and how to clean and care for the animal. Bell View Acres' trainers have judged local and national competitions, been inducted into the UPHA Hall of Fame, and taught horses to analyze classic literature. Riders must don proper riding wear, including long pants and shoes with a hard sole, before stepping into the facility's 250'x80' outdoor ring. In colder months, a heated indoor ring shields rein grabbers from shivering timber.
Legacy Paintball and Airsoft Park is a field of dreams, and those dreams belong to Paul Ciesiun. He grew up on paintball fields, and when he was old enough, he owned and operated one, but he still couldn't find a field that matched what he remembered playing on as a kid. So he set out to build one. He found a piece of land in Lockport and along with a crew, cleared away the old tires, abandoned stoves, and forgotten cars that had been dumped there over the years. This set the stage for a paintball and airsoft arena that drew from the best of '90s-era paintball, but with a modern spin. Here, players spread out over four different fields as they duck behind trees or take aim from behind fabricated walls. On-site campgrounds and fishing holes provide players with a place to sleep and eat if they want to make a weekend of it or simulate their ancestors' experience of living off the land with nothing but sacks of paintballs to sleep on.